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jiberjaber

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Re: ACME goes Dutch
« Reply #575 on: 30 November, 2023, 10:12:41 pm »
It's that time of year to rush ahead and spend all them blue points.... I reckon I've got at least 23p in savings due

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Regards,

Joergen

Deano4

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Re: ACME goes Dutch
« Reply #576 on: 20 December, 2023, 06:55:08 pm »
Posted this in the other ACME thread but it might be better here:

RE: ACME goes Dutch 2024

I have put my holiday requests in for next year.

Planning to book the ferry over the Christmas break.

So just wanted to confirm that the dates above are confirmed before I spend the money?

"Out: Sailing on Wed 4th Sept at 23:00
Back: Sailing on Sun 8th Sept at 22:30."
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Re: ACME goes Dutch
« Reply #577 on: 20 December, 2023, 07:02:32 pm »
Perfect timing to rock-up to this on Sat 7th:
https://randonneurs.nl/hanze-6-9-6/
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Re: ACME goes Dutch
« Reply #578 on: 20 December, 2023, 07:58:20 pm »
Perfect timing to rock-up to this on Sat 7th:
https://randonneurs.nl/hanze-6-9-6/

We were trying to work that out in the pub.  I think I might miss the group, though.

Re: ACME goes Dutch
« Reply #579 on: 21 December, 2023, 06:22:22 am »
Planning to book the ferry over the Christmas break.

So just wanted to confirm that the dates above are confirmed before I spend the money?

"Out: Sailing on Wed 4th Sept at 23:00
Back: Sailing on Sun 8th Sept at 22:30."

Yes, that is correct.

I’m planning to post a few more details later today. I think there’s a discount on the ferry if booked over the next few weeks. I’ll dig that out. Also some of us have points to use up before the year end.

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Re: ACME goes Dutch
« Reply #580 on: 21 December, 2023, 07:56:21 am »
The ferry discount details are as follows:

  • 15% off Economy, Flexi and Premium car, motorhome and foot passenger fares on the Harwich-Hook of Holland route
  • Valid for travel between 8 January 2024 and 30 November 2024 only
  • Cabins, meals, Stena Plus Lounge, arrangements, pet travel are excluded from this discount
  • The discount applies to the base Economy, Flex & Premium ferry fares only. No discount on fees & dues
  • Offer code: NEWYEAR24
  • Book by date: 5 February 2024

https://www.stenaline.co.uk/special-offers/holland-early-booking-offer-2024

Eddington: 133 miles    Max square: 43x43

Re: ACME goes Dutch
« Reply #581 on: 21 December, 2023, 09:04:49 am »
Is a cabin mandatory for the overnight crossings?

Can't see an option for airline style seat, only cabins.

Re: ACME goes Dutch
« Reply #582 on: 21 December, 2023, 09:05:41 am »
The ferry discount details are as follows:

  • 15% off Economy, Flexi and Premium car, motorhome and foot passenger fares on the Harwich-Hook of Holland route
  • Valid for travel between 8 January 2024 and 30 November 2024 only
  • Cabins, meals, Stena Plus Lounge, arrangements, pet travel are excluded from this discount
  • The discount applies to the base Economy, Flex & Premium ferry fares only. No discount on fees & dues
  • Offer code: NEWYEAR24
  • Book by date: 5 February 2024

https://www.stenaline.co.uk/special-offers/holland-early-booking-offer-2024

Good call and thanks.   Whilst I won't be on this trip I have just saved 40-odd quid for my 2 trips that way next year.

Re: ACME goes Dutch
« Reply #583 on: 21 December, 2023, 10:02:58 am »
Is a cabin mandatory for the overnight crossings?

Can't see an option for airline style seat, only cabins.

In the past I can't remember anybody not using a cabin. I don't think they have the airline seats you refer to which I've seen on ferries to France.

People can team up to get a cabin for more than 1 person.

For the breakfast, I'm on the fence at the moment. I've always bought it previously, but starting this year they have changed the arrangements so you can only pick up things you need once. No returning to get a second cup of coffee, for instance. The other option is to take something onto the ferry for a DIY breakfast. Just need enough energy to last until the first planned stop, which might be 2 hours riding from the ferry. Route not planned yet.

Eddington: 133 miles    Max square: 43x43

Re: ACME goes Dutch
« Reply #584 on: 21 December, 2023, 04:07:30 pm »
Is a cabin mandatory for the overnight crossings?

Can't see an option for airline style seat, only cabins.

Yes, it is.

jiberjaber

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Re: ACME goes Dutch
« Reply #585 on: 21 December, 2023, 11:51:13 pm »
 :thumbsup: Fab - booked... £23 disco to due to my reward points, which was a nice surprise. and then the Newyear disco too made it just over £200
Regards,

Joergen

Re: ACME goes Dutch
« Reply #586 on: 22 December, 2023, 06:39:52 am »
ACME goes Dutch 2024

The knowns

Ferry
 - Out from Harwich: Sailing on Wed 4th Sept at 23:00
 - Back from Hook: Sailing on Sun 8th Sept at 22:00
 - Book by 5th February for a 15% discount using code NEWYEAR24
 - Book by year end if you have points expiring from last trip

Accommodation
 - free choice
 - we'll stop in largish towns providing many options
 - evening meal / drinks location will be proposed (with consideration for bicycle parking)
 - start time / location the following day will be proposed
 - this should be a better arrangement than using larger mainstream hotels to accommodate all riders

The unknowns

The route
 - will aim for 100km per day
 - plan is to include lots of 'features' on the route (ferries, places of interest, etc)
 - may feature train assist on way back, so we can explore further east than previously
 - outline route will be proposed early January

Eddington: 133 miles    Max square: 43x43

Deano4

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Re: ACME goes Dutch
« Reply #587 on: 22 December, 2023, 08:47:18 am »
Thanks for the info.

Will book the ferry over Christmas.  :)
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Re: ACME goes Dutch
« Reply #588 on: 22 December, 2023, 09:44:15 pm »
Hoping to attend this time around!

Re: ACME goes Dutch
« Reply #589 on: 23 December, 2023, 05:24:30 pm »
I can't do that weekend at all, sadly. It's Larraine's birthday - I did suggest she might want to spend it cycling round with us but it met with a muted response...

jiberjaber

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Re: ACME goes Dutch
« Reply #590 on: 23 December, 2023, 06:53:19 pm »
I can't do that weekend at all, sadly. It's Larraine's birthday - I did suggest she might want to spend it cycling round with us but it met with a muted response...

Get your ferry booked, there's plenty of time to work on bringing her around to the idea!  :thumbsup:  :facepalm:
Regards,

Joergen

Re: ACME goes Dutch
« Reply #591 on: 24 December, 2023, 07:50:15 am »
I've booked. I opted to have the breakfast after all. Although it's not as good as it used to be, it's less faff than trying to arrange to take somethign with me.

Eddington: 133 miles    Max square: 43x43

quixoticgeek

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Re: ACME goes Dutch
« Reply #592 on: 24 December, 2023, 01:37:07 pm »

I have yet to work out what my plans are for next year. If I don't try Ruska again, I may be around for this weekend if you're open to continental gate crashers?

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Re: ACME goes Dutch
« Reply #593 on: 24 December, 2023, 06:28:48 pm »

I have yet to work out what my plans are for next year. If I don't try Ruska again, I may be around for this weekend if you're open to continental gate crashers?

J

That would be perfectly fine.

Eddington: 133 miles    Max square: 43x43

Re: ACME goes Dutch
« Reply #594 on: 27 December, 2023, 12:19:15 pm »
Ferry Booked  :thumbsup:
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Re: ACME goes Dutch
« Reply #595 on: 28 December, 2023, 08:26:19 pm »
Ferry Booked  :thumbsup:
Ditto for me & Snotty, outbound breakie paid  :thumbsup:
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Deano4

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Re: ACME goes Dutch
« Reply #596 on: 02 January, 2024, 09:50:15 am »
Ferry and Breakfast booked.

I have convinced my friend Anna to come along with us too.  :)
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Re: ACME goes Dutch
« Reply #597 on: 02 January, 2024, 10:22:37 am »
Excellent news that people are booking their ferries. As a reminder the 15% discount mentioned previously runs for the whole of January.

I've done some provisional planning over the break. Just need to check a few things then can advise the towns we'll be stopping in, so accommodation can be booked by those who like to get these things out of the way (= me!). Hopefully I'll provide the update later this week, or at the weekend.

Eddington: 133 miles    Max square: 43x43

Re: ACME goes Dutch
« Reply #598 on: 30 January, 2024, 08:03:43 am »
The ferry discount details are as follows:

  • 15% off Economy, Flexi and Premium car, motorhome and foot passenger fares on the Harwich-Hook of Holland route
  • Valid for travel between 8 January 2024 and 30 November 2024 only
  • Cabins, meals, Stena Plus Lounge, arrangements, pet travel are excluded from this discount
  • The discount applies to the base Economy, Flex & Premium ferry fares only. No discount on fees & dues
  • Offer code: NEWYEAR24
  • Book by date: 5 February 2024

https://www.stenaline.co.uk/special-offers/holland-early-booking-offer-2024

Just a reminder for those heading to the Netherlands in September to book your ferry before the 5th February, if you haven't already done so.

From a route planning perspective, I'm investigating 2 options as follows:

Hook -> Utrecht -> Apeldoorn -> 's-Hertogenbosch -> Hook

or

Hook -> Utrecht -> Apeldoorn -> Utrecht -> Hook

Either way it'll be circa 100km each day, and there's enough of a buffer between the point to point distances to allow for some meandering to take in interesting sights and stops. I've got the route for day 1 planned already ... it's less than 100km, so I'll not need to perform any cat herding to keep everybody on track. There'll be plenty of time!

As the towns are quite big, I'm aiming to identify a suitable place to meet for an evening meal. This will help people to get accommodation in a convenient place. If anybody has any interesting recommendations for the restaurant in any of these locations, do let me know. I'll be planning that aspect of the trip in the second half of February.

Eddington: 133 miles    Max square: 43x43

jiberjaber

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Re: ACME goes Dutch
« Reply #599 on: 30 January, 2024, 09:26:43 am »
I've stayed at a few "Het wapen"'s and also eaten in them, they seem to be a chain but not homogenised - they've been OK for group meals (We've used them on The Fridays tours too.)
I think the prices across the board are a bit more now however. I thought I had used the one in Utrecht but I might be mistaken...
Regards,

Joergen